Public Speaking

Nate Hendley - Toronto Reference Library Nov, 2017


I offer book-based presentations, primarily in the Southern Ontario region. I am available to speak at libraries, schools, bookstores, etc.

Here are my main presentations:

The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto

This presentation is built around my recent book, The Boy on the Bicycle,

The Boy on the Bicycle examines the case of 14-year old Ron Moffatt, who was wrongly convicted of murdering a child in Toronto in 1956. The case involves a coerced confession, a fumbled police investigation and a crusading lawyer who sought to free Ron from custody.

This talk is roughly 60 – 90 minutes in length and includes commentary about wrongful convictions, false confessions and police interrogation protocols for young offenders.


“Nate Hendley spoke [October 19/2018] at the LIFE Institute at Ryerson University.  He was invited to speak and discuss his recent book entitled The Boy on the Bicycle.  Nate spoke passionately about the case as he knows the individual who was wrongfully convicted. He was, therefore, able to give a personal perspective on the case from those involved in addition to the well-researched written material in the book.  His lecture generated many intelligent questions about induced confessions and the wrongfully convicted. Nate would be a welcome lecturer in the future at the LIFE Institute.”                                                                                                                                             -Sandy Kingston, LIFE Institute, Course Co-ordinator

The following interview, recorded in August 2018 for the Stuph File Program podcast will give you a sense of what this presentation is like:


The Art of the Con

This presentation is built around my book, The Big Con (published 2016 by ABC-CLIO).

The presentation looks at con artists such as Charles Ponzi (from whom we get the term “Ponzi scheme”) and Bernie Madoff and scams such as online romance fraud, the Nigerian Prince email, disaster fraud, pyramid schemes, medical fakery and other forms of deceit.

This talk is roughly 60 – 90 minutes in length and includes commentary about how to avoid being scammed and why old cons continue to flourish under new guises.


“Nate Hendley recently gave a talk about cons and scams at our Probus club. I found that the presentation was very well researched and documented. Nate’s style of delivery is very engaging and informative. Our members really enjoyed the presentation; it was one of the best of the year. It’s obvious that Nate is very well qualified in his area of expertise.”                                                                                                                                            -Kerry Long, Probus Club of Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario

The following interview, recorded September 2016 with Talk Radio Europe will give you a sense of what this presentation is like:


Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice

This presentation is built around my book of the same title, which looked at the tragic case of a small-town Ontario teenager wrongfully convicted of murder in 1959.

La Cosa Nostra

This presentation is based around my book about the American Mafia, and looks at the rise of the United States’ most notorious criminal underworld.  In addition to detailing the origins of the American Mafia, I discuss legal initiatives designed to combat the mob, such as the RICO statute, wiretapping and witness protection.

The Big Bosses

This presentation looks at gang leaders from the past such as Dutch Schultz, Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Johnny Torrio, Dion O’Banion and Arnold Rothstein. I discuss how Prohibition turned street-corner thugs into millionaire mob bosses and instituted a wave of lawlessness, particularly in Chicago and New York City. This presentation is based around my books about American gangsters, Dutch Schultz and Al Capone.


To get a sense of my speaking style, here is a video of a crime writer panel discussion I took part in November 23, 2017 at Toronto Reference Library. My part begins at the 23 minute mark:

I charge reasonable rates and can present anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area. For more information, contact me at: